5 Arty things to do in Florence

5 Arty things to do in Florence

There is SO much to see and do in Florence and if ART is your thing, it’s THE place to be! I visited last week and as [just a bit!] of an art enthusiast, loved every second. It’s not a huge place so you can comfortably do it in a couple of days… if you’re…

Street Art in Florence

Street Art in Florence

Of course a city visit wouldn’t be complete without a STREET ART recce! As a city renowned for housing some of Europe’s most recognisable pieces, I had always been curious to see what the current, more contemporary vibe was at street level. I was actually pretty surprised there wasn’t more! From what I did see,…

Street Art Experience in Florence

Street Art Experience in Florence

I loved seeing all the great art in Florence. I visited the Uffizi and saw the Birth of Venus, I took in the beautiful Boboli gardens and walked the streets, taking in the atmosphere and Florentine architecture. I even brought home my own tiny David statue – yes, i’m THAT tourist apparently! BUT I wanted more.…

Featured Artist – Helen Ruth Scarves

Featured Artist – Helen Ruth Scarves

Textile designer Helen Greensmith has built up a successful scarf business [Helen Ruth], since she left Grays School of Art in 2008. Her colourful, unique pieces always make me smile and she is to me, and many others i’m sure, an inspiration as to what artists can achieve in a life outside of Art School!…

Dorset Art Weeks – Rouwen & Reeve

Dorset Art Weeks – Rouwen & Reeve

Living on the county border down in Somerset has many advantages, one of them being that local artists open up their studios and showcase their art. This past weekend I visited some venues taking part in the Dorset Art Weeks. Last September I blogged about the Somerset Art Weeks so it was nice to see…

Featured Artist – Yayoi kusama

Featured Artist – Yayoi kusama

Whilst in Japan I really wanted to see an exhibition by Yayoi kusama, I love the vibrancy in her work and being in her home country gave me goosebumps at the thought of seeing her famous pumpkins up close!   ALL ABOUT MY LOVE exhibition photos   A new gallery dedicated solely to her work…

Japanese Batik – Japan Series

Japanese Batik – Japan Series

Would it even be an OiOi Arts trip if it didn’t feature a batik class along the way?! My finished Roketsu batik! While in the beautiful Kyoto I visited the Roketsu Dyeing Studio… in the Yamamoto district and had a great afternoon creating my own Noren (Japanese style batik curtain). Made up from two panels,…

Featured Artist – Kia Marie Hunt  -Aspire to Amble-

Featured Artist – Kia Marie Hunt  -Aspire to Amble-

I LOVE to travel. This is not a secret! In fact if you keep up with me on social media (and my other blog posts) you’ll see that I pop up here there and everywhere! I love nothing more than seeking out the art that makes a place unique… …wherever that may be (and usually…

TOKYO – Japan Series

TOKYO – Japan Series

Japan is like no place I’ve ever experienced before. It’s amazing! Filled with a buzz and energy, it lived up to and surpassed all expectations I had. It is a full assault of the senses: bright lights complete with mechanical sea creatures, old and new architecture, the smell and taste of tantalising food, the feel…

FEATURED ARTIST – KIM YOUDAN

FEATURED ARTIST – KIM YOUDAN

Kim is the artist and founder of VagaBeyond, which is, in her own words: “a concoction of ART, PHOTOGRAPHY and TRAVEL”   As the ethos behind OiOi Arts is ART, TRAVEL and CULTURE, interviewing Kim who is currently in Mexico, seemed like a match made in heaven! Photography is at the heart of her work. Capturing the…

Bali Series – Part 3

Bali Series – Part 3

For the third and final post in the Bali Series, I’m going to be writing all about: Traditional Dance Street Art in Bali The Nomadic Lifestyle! Remember to like, follow, share, comment, pin… ANYTHING YOU LIKE! All support is appreciated, I hope you enjoy reading! Traditional Balinese dance in Ubud, Bali Whilst in the ultra hip…

Bali Series – Part 2

Bali Series – Part 2

Welcome back for the second instalment in the Bali Series! In this post i’m going to look at traditional wood and skull carving, how to decide where to buy in the the saturated art markets, before finishing up with a look at the traditional shrines and offerings which are literally around every corner in the…

Bali Series – Part 1

Bali Series – Part 1

The Indonesian island of Bali is beautiful, that is a given, and also a well publicised fact! but what I found was that it is also a hotbed of creativity and traditional arts. Over the next three posts I’ll take you through some of my favourite finds! I’ve already posted about my time creating Indonesian…

Featured Artist – The Big in the Small

Featured Artist – The Big in the Small

My Mornings always start the same. A huge cup of tea and a good session online. I look for inspiration, new artists and processes that make me think WOW! May your Tears Water the Lilies, courtesy of The Big in the Small As soon as I stumbled on Toronto based artist, Sebastien Leduc, and his…

Venice Biennale ’17

Venice Biennale ’17

Last month I visited the tourist hot spot, Venice! It was every bit as magical as i’d imagined and visiting in November meant it was less crowded with people so I could really explore and experience this beautiful place. The main reason for my visit was to attend the Art Biennale; a huge scale art…

The Rainbow Island of Burano

The Rainbow Island of Burano

During a recent trip to Venice I took the 40min boat ride to the charming island of Burano and was blown away! It soon became the most beautiful place i’ve visited. All the colourful houses, waterways and boats were like something from a movie. I had made the journey in the morning, arriving around 9.20am…

Somerset Art Weeks

Somerset Art Weeks

Living in the countryside, away from big city culture and Art hubs can sometimes seem like i’m in a black hole of creativity… Luckily there is Somerset Art Weeks! Two weeks where artists open their studios to the public and the county of Somerset comes alive with a creative energy and buzz. *All artist links…

Castles, Caves and Street Art in the Pink City

Castles, Caves and Street Art in the Pink City

Escaping the British drizzle And so I returned to France! The weather in the UK was not the best this past summer and so a late getaway to the South of France was a welcome escape from the English drizzle. The promise of great street art from my good friend, Lou, was an added bonus…

A Very Scottish Journey

A Very Scottish Journey

Scotland will always hold a place close to my heart, returning after years away was a lovely experience- especially as I was able to show it off as I was taking the Italian with me for his first visit! Apologies… There will be no bagpipes or kilts in this post!! Edinburgh Castle We flew to…

Back to the beginning – ICELAND!

Back to the beginning – ICELAND!

Okay, so for this post I’m really going back in time! I visited Iceland 6 years ago!! I will definitely go back as it was such a beautiful place. When I was there it was in January- so absolutely freezing but did mean I got some great landscape shots and really experienced the country, from…

The Art Scene in Denver, CO.

The Art Scene in Denver, CO.

Wow! it’s been over a year and a half since I was in the States and i’m only now getting round to writing up a piece about Denver’s amazing art scene! As you can see from my past posts I am a true lover of street art and Denver, Colorado, is soo embracing of this…

Its all a bit Greek…

Its all a bit Greek…

So, last summer I spend a little over a week in Greece, testing out my new backpack ready for the big Asia trip and exploring Athens and a few of the islands! One of the original windmills on Ios My time in Greece was unforgettable and its definitely somewhere I want to return to. The…

J’adore Paris!

J’adore Paris!

I love love love nothing more than European Art. Its what I grew up learning about and so, of course, will always have a place in my heart. What better place to visit some of these great works, than Paris! For this trip I’ve brought along the Italian, so I can show him a bit…

Indonesian Batik in Bali

Indonesian Batik in Bali

The small Island of Bali, a paradise in the Indian Ocean, is a haven of lush landscapes and unique architecture. Its steeped in Hindu beliefs and as such, has a rich tapestry of storytelling and iconography drawing you in. During my travels, I had been most looking forward to my time in Bali, my research…

Cambodia Painting Workshop at ECC

Cambodia Painting Workshop at ECC

I spent 3 wonderful weeks in Siem Reap, Cambodia, teaching English at a non-profit school set up by Savon and Savuth (they literally built the main 4 class school beside their house). They wanted to provide free English lessons to local children, regardless of their background. Only 1 in 3 children in Cambodia are able…

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Natural dyes

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Natural dyes

I had a great day learning all about natural dyes, their origins and the processes behind making them (in Laos). Its just incredible that such vibrant colours can come from a bunch of leaves… not just any leaves, but still! An eye-opening experience full of possibility and steeped in age old tradition and technique. To…

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Hmong Batik

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Hmong Batik

Batik is an ancient form of dying fabric, by hand, using a resist dye technique. Motifs and patterns are hand drawn in wax, the fabric is then dip dyed several times before the wax resist is boiled off. During my time in Laos I was lucky enough to work with a master in this traditional art…

Ethnic Minority Arts – Part Two

Ethnic Minority Arts – Part Two

In Laos there is an organisation called Ock Pop Tok (East meets West), which is working with many of the Ethnic Minority villages throughout the country, in helping provide a more sustainable source of income through the textile trade. They aim to preserve the heritage of Laos textiles and master artisans, by buying directly from…

Ethnic Minority Arts – Part One

Ethnic Minority Arts – Part One

I had the honor of visiting a traditional Akha village during a recent visit to the Phongsaly province of northern Laos. Throughout northern areas of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam you can find these traditional settlements, widely known for the traditional dress worn by the woman, as well as the handicrafts they make. I have previously…

Chiang Mai Art Scene

Chiang Mai Art Scene

Chiang Mai has a great vibe. There are all the usual street vendors, peddling the same old tat as you find in every tourist filled area of Thailand but there is also a more contemporary undercurrent pushing though at root level, which reminds me a lot of Saigon. Times are changing, there is a more…

Fabrics of the Hmong

Fabrics of the Hmong

The Hmong people occupy areas primarily in; Northern Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Southern China. Different regions of Hmong have their own traditional dress elements, which make them uniquely recognisable. They also have various language dialects depending on which region they are from. Hmong are most notable for wearing dark, heavy fabrics, heavily embroidered with brightly…

The Khun Mask Maker of Bangkok

The Khun Mask Maker of Bangkok

I had come across an article about the Khun mask maker of Bangkok and was excited to see this traditional process in person, in the makers studio, away from all the mass produced wares that are slowly replacing the need for traditional artisans. Finding the shop was easier than I had expected and, armed with…

Ibrahim Mahama Installation in Copenhagen

Ibrahim Mahama Installation in Copenhagen

On my recent trip to Copenhagen, on route to SE Asia, I came across the work of Ibrahim Mahama, which was completely covering the Kunsthal Charlottenborg Gallery buildings exterior. I wanted to write about it because I really loved the meaning behind it and thought it fitted in well with my theme of travel and…

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Hello, I’m Anna! I run OiOi Arts and write all blog content.
This blog was set up as a way to document all the Great Art I find on all my travels! as well as be a way to inspire, highlight and promote ARTISTS and CREATIVE opportunities. 
This year I began a FEATURED ARTIST Blog Interview series, where I get a more in depth look at what makes artists tick! Look out for Art as a Business blog bites which are coming soon!

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